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Re: [sig] Verb 'to be' Project.

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  • catweasle
    I am allowing this message through even though it isn t really related to our discussions on the SIG-List. If you answer the questions, be sure to reply
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2000
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      I am allowing this message through even though it isn't really
      related to our discussions on the SIG-List. If you answer the
      questions, be sure to reply PRIVATELY to the author so that
      the List doesn't get clogged up.

      --Yana, list moderator

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      Dear Sig Listers

      The Verb 'to be.'
      I am working on a linguistic project comparing the verbs 'to be' and 'to
      exist' in as many world languages as possible other than English. I would
      be most
      grateful to any person who could kindly answer a few simple questions as set
      out below in any language you choose.

      Name of Language:...example:
      [Swedish..........................................

      Please translate the following into your language:
      Existence.................
      Life..........................
      Being [noun]............

      I was.........................
      he was......................
      they were..................

      I am..........................
      you are.....................
      He is.........................

      they are.....................
      I will be......................
      he will be...................
      they will be................

      there was..................
      there will be...............
      it existed

      Finally ten short sentences. [please put the 'existence' word in brackets]
      example; "The girl [is] a student."

      The girl is a
      student.....................................................................
      ....................
      The boy is being
      kind........................................................................
      ................
      The building has existed for ten
      years...............................................................
      The girl is running
      quickly.....................................................................
      .............
      The boy is
      handsome....................................................................
      ....................
      The man is a
      doctor......................................................................
      .....................
      I believe in the existence of
      atoms...................................................................
      Life exists on
      earth.......................................................................
      ......................
      I like being a
      student.....................................................................
      .....................
      I enjoy
      life........................................................................
      ..................................
      I feel love for him/her with my whole Being
      ......................................................

      Thank you very much indeed for your kind co-operation and sparing a few
      minutes of your valuable time.

      Jud Carnegie.
      Manga Hälsningar och tack sa mycket!
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